According to Wikipedia: “Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, investor, author, television personality and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization, and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump’s career, branding efforts, lifestyle and outspoken manner helped make him a celebrity, a status amplified by the success of his NBC reality show, The Apprentice”.
While I don’t quite share the same disdain as some of my liberal minded friends, including Christians who take exception at his claim of Christian credentials, in seeking support from Christians, I am not a fan of Donald Trump, who comes across as narcissist, egoistic, arrogant, bigoted and racist, to name just a few of his negative qualities. As always happens in the lead up to the US Presidential election, which this time round is due to take place November 2016, a lot of news comes our (we the British) way when it comes to what is going on, and a good deal of that concerns one of the candidates seeking to be the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. So much so that for those who don’t follow these things closely it would appear he is by far the main player in what is happening and who looks likely to be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate.
One of Trump’s endearing (at least for some) qualities is that he is politically incorrect and “tells it as it is”, and it is that which resonates with many. He is not afraid of controversy and seems to court and thrive on it. While for many that would be a strategy destined to backfire, it does not seem to have happened for him, if you discount the large elements of the more liberally minded media and establishment, who have gone out of their way to express their “righteousness” indignation over his “extreme” views. Recent views of such ilk are his hard line promises aimed at reducing immigration and deporting undocumented immigrants. The latest controversy has been over his call to not allow Muslims into the country.
Regarding these and some of the other Trump ideas, they have been covered in my earlier blogs and it is not my intention to dissect these now. What does appear to be the case is that his views do resonate with a good number of Americans, even if not a majority. By asking the questions, some say that others have been afraid to ask due to fear of the consequences, he has at least thrown down the gauntlet that these are matters that do concern the American people and should not be so easily dismissed. Whether he gains the Republican nomination or not remains to be seen, but at least now he is being considered to be a serious contender, when not long ago many anticipated his campaign would soon be fizzling out.
Besides not liking Trump as a person (although I reserve judgment having not met the man and have only his media appearances to go by), I don’t like what he stands for and disagree on many of his ideas on matters like controlling immigrants and Muslims, even though recognizing he does raise important points. While I like simple, common sense, I dislike simplistic solutions based on hate, fear and prejudice, common human traits Trump feeds on. I suspect his appeal is mainly to the disaffected and while these may be dismissed as misguided, superficial and even rabid, they also reflect a malaise when it comes to considering the alternatives. As a USA onlooker, I see a great country that has had an enormous world influence, and much of it has been to the good, insofar it has implemented many of the ideas of its Christian inspired Founding Fathers, maintaining a long time, strong God fearing element in its national consciousness.
I fear America has drifted and will continue to drift from these precepts and unless there is a radical change in attitude we will see its demise and inability to influence. Neither Trump nor the likely Democratic nominee for the Presidential election, Hilary Clinton are, in my view, the right people to help bring about the changes needed. If there are those who might it is none too clear who and what their chances are of success. I fear the worst, yet would want to declare “God bless America”, knowing full well that God has punished nations that have been less wicked than has America.